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Jacksonville Florida 2020 Draft Prospects

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

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NorthEast Florida continues to be a perinial hotbed for football talent from the youth level to the professional ranks. The talent runs so deep in the the 904 that one could change the name from Jacksonville to Titleville during the fall as the area has won (13) Pop Warner National Championships, (33) area FHSAA State Titles, (2) area Heisman Trophy winners, (2) Hall Of Famers, countless of players to play collegiate ball and over 100 players that played in the NFL, and other professional leagues.

Today through Monday, NFL Head coaches will once again turn their attention to Jacksonville, Florida in search of new talent as the 2020 NFL Draft will kick off tonight at 8pm on ABC,ESPN, and the NFL Network.

The 85th addition of the big show was originally slated to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent stay at home orders issued across the nation. To comply with social social distancing orders, and to ensure the safety and health of the league's personnel, the 2020 draft will now be held via teleconference between the league front office, it's 32 teams, and their new draft hopefuls.

With atleast 23 players to play in the NFL, (6) of which played in a Super Bowl, including two Hall Of Famers in Harold Carmichael, and Brian Dawkins, Raines Highschool will again show why their one of nations premier schools when it comes to producing top shelf talent. Former Raines Vikings, and 2x State Champ Head Coach Deran Wiley maybe newly retired but I'm sure he's still hard at work fielding calls, and questions from league management teams as they inquire about some of his former Vikings from his star studded 2016 signing class that saw players sign with the SEC,ACC,BIG-10, and

Conf-USA.

Three players from the Vikings 2015 4A State-Runner Up team in Solomon Kindley, Michael Pinckney and Jeremiah Johnson will each hope to have their name called this weekend.

The Great Wall Of Sol, the name in 2015 I affectionately gave Solomon Kindley helped anchor the offensive line in Athens from 2017-2019 starting 34 of 43 games played. In 2017 Kindley was voted on the Freshman All-SEC team after starting 7 games on the Bulldogs run to a National Championship appearance vs Alabama. In 2018 Kindley would cement his position on Georgia's front wall as he started all 14 games at left guard and was selected as the teams most improved player. Headed into his junior campaign The Great Wol Of Sol received national attention for his hard work as he was selected to the 2019 Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America 2nd team, and also selected to the 2019 Outland Award Watch list, which recognizes the top interior lineman in college football on either side.

After being selected as co-winner of Georgia's Up Front Award and helping the Bulldogs defeat Baylor 24-14 on January 1st in the Sugar Bowl, Kindley announced via Instagram that he'd forgoe his senior season to enter the 2020 draft. At the combine Kindley mentioned he talked to several teams including the Jaguars who sit with (12) picks. The Jags could add some hometown depth to it's front wall for 2nd year QB Gardner Minshew. The 6'3 335LB athletic, versatile mauler has been mocked as high as the 2nd round but nearly all draft sites have him going between the 3rd and 5th.

Jeremiah Johnson had a terrific senior season for the JU Dolphins registering 75 total tackles and 1 int. Although Johnson wasn't invited to the NFL Combine he continued to work out and held a private pro day in which he ran a (4.56) 4.0 and registered a 38 inch vertical jump. Johnson will be a perfect candidate to become a priority free agent late Saturday, or early Sunday as teams will look to add depth at DB.

After registering 85 tackles, 8 sacks, and 1 INT enroute to a 2015 4A Title appearance, the highly touted 3 star LB Mike Pinckney graduated early in January from Raines and enrolled at TheU along with Oakleaf Knights' LB Shaq Quarterman. The duo quickly began to make a name for themselves through hard work and film study. Their hard work would pay off at the end of a great freshman campaign in which they both started 13 games and helped the (9-4) Hurricanes end a ten year post season victory drought with a win in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando 31 to14 over West Virginia (10-3).

The duo would gain national attention after being awarded Freshman All American honors. Both guys would start all 4 years and leave The U with some awesome numbers. Quarterman would leave Coral Gables as the only Hurricane to ever start 52 consecutive games.

Following his 2019 2nd team All-ACC award season, and a team high 5 tackles in the East-West Shrine Bowl, Pinckney would attend the NFL combine but would be sidelined from from all on the field action as he prepared to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Rehab time for the surgery is an estimated 5-8 months.

Quarterman's combine numbers of (4.74) 40, 23reps of 225, 31 inch vertical and 120.0 broad jump impressed scouts and could have him selected as high as the 4th round but most sites have him and Pinckney pegged to go between the 5th and the 7th. Pinckney signed with Day1 Sports Management on Dec-29th 2019.

Pinckney

49 starts, 267 tackles, 42.0 TFLS, 14.5 sacks and 3 ints, and 1 fr.

Quarterman

52 starts 356 tackles, 46.5 TFLS, 12 sacks, 1 int, 2 FFs, and 5 FRs

Former All 6A First Team Ed White Commander, and one of Auburn Tiger's fastest ever players CB Javaris Davis could potentially have his name called on day 2 of the draft as he's mocked to go really high on alot of boards after his stock rose at the combine logging a (4.39) 40 to go along with his 35.5 vertical and 124 inch broad jump. NFL.COM draft analysis of Davis pegged him with a 6.11 of a total possible 8 points which equates to a 1 year start to a potential probowler.

The speedster earned a SEC ALL-Freshman award in 2016 after registering 5 starts, 37 total tackles 6 for loss, 2 Ints, 7 pass deflections, and 2 FFs.

In 2017 Davis registered 6 starts, before becoming the full time starter in 2018-19 totaling 34 starts for his career. During his tenure at Auburn, Davis racked 8 ints, 150 total tackles, 11 for loss, and 27 pass deflections which is good for 10th all time in the SEC. Heading into the 2019 season Davis was cited in a Bleacher Report article as the 2nd fastest player in college football with a 40 time of (4.24). In a similar article from 247sports in August of 2019 they have him inked as the third fastest but with the same 40 time. Either way Davis is one of the fastest defenders in the land, an attribute that will carry him a long way in the league.

Davis had meetings with teams such as the Jets, Chiefs, Patriots, and Ravens get derailed amid the Covid-19 pandemic but he was able to get in a private workout with the Bengals. The 5'9 190LB CB will project to the nickle spot which bolds well for him as he's stated in the past, that "nickleback is my favorite position". Davis also has a terrific football pedigree as he's the younger cousin of former 1st round picks Vernon, and Vontae Davis. Although Davis is Mocked as high as the 2nd round most draft analysis sites have him going between the 4th and 6th.

After long time friends Davis' and

Pinckney's names are called this weekend the 2 will once again have an opportunity to play with, or compete against each other on the highest of levels, something they haven't done since their fierce battles between Raines, and Ed White. The two even played together on Sweetwater's 2007 State Runner-Up Jr.Peewee team that also included Chicago Bears 2nd year DB Kelvin Toliver. Toliver and Davis would compete together on Sweetwater 08 peewee team that was downed in the second round of Pop Warner Nationals at Disney to the eventual champs from the DMV, White Oak Warriors. That Warriors team featured Cameron Brown (Penn St,LB) and Terrill Lewis (Alabama,LB) who will each look to have their name called this weekend as well.

The former Ribault Trojan battering ram, 5'9 220lb RB De'Sean McNair by way of Elon University will look to have his name called as well in the latter rounds or possibly as a priority free agent.

Before being voted 2016 Most Outstanding New Comer, and leading the Phoenix for three consecutive years in rushing TDs, McNair trampled over area defenses his senior season to a tune of 1707yds and 15TDs.

Many fans that saw McNair plow through defenses over his highschool career felt Elon coaching staff pulled off a major recruiting heist by landing him. During McNair's four year stay in Elon he rushed for 1912yds on 487 carries and 21TDs. The bruiser also showed his hands are still on point as he snagged 52 recs and 4 receiving TDs while registering 522 rec yards.

McNair was also nominated for the prestigious 2019 All-State AFCA Goods Works team for his works off the field as he helped in his spare time with local NC middle schools supports physical education, and health classes. McNair also participated in the university's Coaching Health and Mentoring Positive Students program affectionately known as (Champs) to help work with high school area kids, and assist the Burlington Housing Authority with community service. McNair was also selected to the 2016 Football All-Academic All-Conference Team.

Other area draft hopefuls

WR Tyrie Cleveland Gilbert, Florida

QB DeAndre Johnson FirstCoast, Texas Southern

DB Jay Irvine - Idahoe State, Sandalwood

LB Dominique Ross, North Carolina, Trinity

Safety Javon Hagans - Ohio, Trinity

DB Damien McGhee, Trinity, Florida Tech

2021 904 Area Draft Prospects

Shawn Wade, DB, Ohio State

Mac Jones, QB Bolles, Alabama

Otis Anderson, RB UC, UCF

Jaquan Bailey, DE Raines, Iowa State

Willie Wright, WR Raines, FAU

DJ MATTHEWS WR Trinity FSU


Ameer Speed DB Sandalwood Georgia


Quaron Hariz, DB Sandalwood FAU

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